‘I Still Believe in Cinema,’ Says French Actress Isabelle Huppert, Honoree at Berlin Film Festival

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‘I Still Believe in Cinema,’ Says French Actress Isabelle Huppert, Honoree at Berlin Film Festival
Editor’s note: Isabelle Huppert will no longer be appearing at the festival because of a positive Covid diagnosis. Parisian-born Isabelle Huppert is an icon in the French – and global – cinema world, so it’s no wonder that the 72nd Berlin Film Festival decided to honor her this year with their Golden Bear award for lifetime achievement. Her film About Joan is appearing at Berlin this year, out of competition. Berlin Film Festival, also known as “Berlinale,” is in full swing, Covid-19 testing buses, vaccine checks, and all. The festival, which runs from February 10 to February 20, 2022, is elevated by honoring Huppert, a titan of cinema. Not even a global pandemic can dampen the excitement that the 68-year-old actress brings. Berlinale directors Mariette Rissenbeek and Carlo Chatrian said of Huppert in a statement: “The Honorary Golden Bear may seem like a natural progression in a career without equal, since Isabelle Huppert is one of the few artists recognized with acting awards at all major film festivals. But Isabelle Huppert is more than a celebrated actor – she is an uncompromising artist who doesn’t hesitate to take risks and flout mainstream trends.”   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Isabelle Huppert (@isabelle.huppert) Huppert has performed in over 120 feature films and frequently works with female directors, a fact which sets her apart from other actors. She’s also appeared with her daughter, actress Lolita Chammah, in five films. Huppert starred in movies like Elle (which earned her an Oscar nomination; she’s one of 13 French actresses to have been nominated for an Oscar), The Piano Teacher, Story of Women, Paris Follies, 8 Femmes, and more. Huppert won two of the whopping (and record-breaking) 16 César Awards she’s been nominated for; her first nomination was for the 1975 film Aloïse. She’s been nominated for six Lumières Awards and won four. In 2020, The New York Times ranked the French actress as number two on its list of the greatest actors of the 21st century, and it’s easy to see why: Apart from being an acting machine, she brings nuance, depth, and true artistry to each of her film roles.
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